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Basil Pork Chops Recipe

Basil Pork Chops Recipe

These tender, glazed chops get a kick of flavor from basil, chili powder and a little brown sugar. Serve with your favorite roasted veggies and you've got a super comforting meal bursting with flavor. —Lisa Gilliland, Fort Collins, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick and 4 ounces each)


  • 1. Mix first four ingredients; gradually stir in 1 tablespoon oil (mixture will be crumbly). Rub over both sides of pork chops.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook chops until a thermometer reads 145°, 4-6 minutes per side. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop: 152 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

Reviews for Basil Pork Chops

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 259718
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"Great quick dinner with affordable ingredients! Will definitely make again."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 257819
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016 Edited Mar. 21, 2017

"My husband and I both thought this was delicious! I used bone-in "pork porterhouse" chops. Next time I may try omitting the oil from the rub, as there seemed to be an unnecessary ocean of it left in the skillet. And there will be a next time.

Next-time update: As I neglected to mention in my first post, I cut all the ingredients in half since I'm feeding only two people. This time I added about 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the rub and one teaspoon to the pan. I also added the full half-teaspoonfuls of chili powder and salt (I used kosher salt). We liked it even better this way, if that's possible."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 84155
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"Awesome pork chops. Really crispy."

Pulseox User ID: 2055993 137028
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"This was just okay. It tasted like slightly sweet and spicy, but no real flavor, it's hard to describe. I won't even eat the leftovers."

tlbdlb4evr User ID: 4229718 63440
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"Cooked this again tonight. This has become my husband's favorite. Just an F.Y.I. - It is just as good or maybe even better with Center Cut bone-in pork chops."

tigerzeschy User ID: 4257444 109491
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"I substitute olive oil for the canola oil. I made it using paprika as I was out of chili powder. My mother-in-law, husband, and sons (16,5, and 5) all loved it. Another time, I was in a bind and needed something ready for when we got home from the gym, so I threw it in the crock pot on high for 1 hour 30 minutes. The kids loved it! Will definitely keep making this!"

Elyssey User ID: 7141373 109490
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Wow. I do not know what everyone is talking about. This was the worst pork recipe I have ever experienced. The smell was awful and the taste was worse. I would not recommend this to anyone. Not trying to be mean but I am pretty upset that I wasted my pork chops. This rating is inaccurate in my opinion."

Woolite3232 User ID: 7053366 155682
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Very easy to prepare even taste great with bone in pork chops. I will definately fix again."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 162500
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"These are delicious and super fast to prepare. I served them with a pasta side dish, garlic bread and Greek salad."

ElishaBig User ID: 6251881 162499
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"My husband and I are picky eaters... We loved this dish. Delicious recipe!"

Loufrommaine User ID: 6222180 154862
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"I'm not going to rate this because it is possible that I did something wrong, but I don't think so. I don't see what all of the fuss is about. Maybe I didn't really like it because I like meat that is savory rather than sweet. That said, I won't try it again."

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 140422
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"Yum, Yum, Yum. Of course I have a sweet-tooth. I loved them and can't wait to make them again. Also, very quick and easy."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 109488
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"Just wanted to add that my husband requested me put this on my meal list for next week."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 89120
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"Made this tonight it was really good! My husband and I both liked it but my picky 5 year old did not. Still good for adults"

carol_ds User ID: 5398876 207854
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"I used liberal quantities of basil and chili powder and everyone enjoyed the chops immensely."

r&ao User ID: 5092635 138537
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"AWESOME!!! These have become a regular in our family! They are loved by all of us =D"

harpseall User ID: 5929651 157916
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! My husband loved this recipe. It was so good!!"

Pam23 User ID: 5910510 157915
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"My family all agreed that these pork chops were delicious and the recipe was a keeper. I used only half of the chili powder ( 1/4 tsp). I was afraid it would overpower the overall flavor. We will definately have these again!"

andiandevan User ID: 6231848 157859
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"I cooked this for my son and my boyfriend and I can't even begin to tell you how much all three of us enjoyed this recipe. It was absolutely delicious, not to mention very quick to prep/cook."

foodeater User ID: 4333490 140420
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"OMG!! these pork chops are soooooo good. they come together in no time and are so flavorful and moist. you have to be careful how fast you cook them so as you don't over cook them. when cooked properly they are amazingly delicious. i highly recommend them and have passed the recipe around. thanks."

illicklm User ID: 1762424 84149
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"I was a little bit skeptical of the ingredients but after reading all the great reviews I decided to try it myself. It was absolutely DELICIOUS! I will definitely use this recipe again."

kbpaulson User ID: 1221655 137020
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"We love this recipe! Because of the size of my family, I make 6 chops and double the remaining ingredients. I have also used bone-in chops and they turn out great. If my kids had it their way I would make these at least once a week."

foodeater User ID: 4333490 109486
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"these pork chops are my go to recipe when i need something easy, fast and delicious. i make these at least twice a month if not more. i have shared this recipe with several people and have only gotten rave reviews."

r&ao User ID: 5092635 69420
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"We love these chops! quick, easy and delicious! I make this recipe time and again for my family!"

lilmomma09 User ID: 4495189 138514
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"This recipes was quick and easy. My family loved. I also love how the flavor is sweet and savory."

dsm User ID: 3208899 77365
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"This recipe is so easy and so delicious!"

Jacklyn0810 User ID: 4860753 158228
Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"My family and I loved these pork chops. They were so yummy and easy to make!"

kwhitten2 User ID: 997855 154861
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"I have made this many times and it is so good!!"

mamamickey User ID: 1956059 89088
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I'm so glad to have found this recipe again; I misplaced my magazine at home. This is wonderful! I used the Splenda brown sugar blend, since my husband is diabetic, and it was delicious! I'm definitely putting this in my recipe file and on this week's menu!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 343390 158227
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"Made for a very moist meat; very tasty!"

Jacklyn0810 User ID: 4860753 84148
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"My family gobbled these pork chops up quickly! The have even asked when I was going to make them again!"

trixie99 User ID: 3274324 109459
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"I found it too oily, and the flavor wasn't that good. Although I wouldn't make it again, if I did I would reduce the amount of oil that it was fried in to one teaspoon."

lightbug User ID: 4812749 140419
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"My earlier rating only showed 3 stars. I actually gave it 5 stars. Couldn't correct that entry but wanted all to know that this recipe is great. It was easy, my husband noticed the flavor difference and liked it."

lightbug User ID: 4812749 137018
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"Needed a quick and easy recipe, and this was it. It turned out great and my husband noticed and said he liked it."

southern-bell User ID: 2986605 158193
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"Very tastie recipe and easy to make. Great for on the fly dinner night when you don't know what to cook."

dddarrington User ID: 4509090 158192
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"I'm not a big pork chop fan, but these were EXCELLENT! The kids were asking for MORE! Definately will be making these again!"

smokey420 User ID: 4173240 77363
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"This dish was so easy to make and very yummy!"

pannier User ID: 1837370 162497
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2009

"These pork chops were excellent and tasty. My husband ate two whole ones. They were so simple to make too."

dianehain User ID: 2727150 69419
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2009

"So easy to make, and the chops glaze beautifully. The basil and chili powder combo is very flavorful."

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 140283
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2009

"My boyfriend and I loved these!"

sco_oter User ID: 1092160 85080
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2008


tazmyrazz User ID: 2581593 63439
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2008

"I don't see anywhere that states you are to use fresh basil."

connie30 User ID: 442858 84919
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2008

"RE: Basil pork Chops

Where does it say anything about fresh basil? The recipe calls for dried basil. joygirl"

becky12949 User ID: 46436 155679
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2008

"I woudl think you would have to add the fresh basil later int he cooking...and less of it....I wonder what would happen if you sliced the chop on it's side and slide the fresh basil inside?

Or added chopped fresh basil at the end and left on for yummy flavor!"

bratsk User ID: 2990162 69418
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2008

"I have a ton of fresh basil, I wonder if it will work with fresh as opposed to dried basil. Any ideas?"

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